Princess Alexia of the Netherlands is leaving her home country and is going to Wales to study at UWC Atlantic College, the Dutch royal family has announced.
Proud parents King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima shared a photo this morning of their middle daughter standing with her bags in front of the royal palace Huis ten Bosch Palace in The Hague.
The 16-year-old, whose older sister Catharina-Amalia is heir to the throne, will spend the next two years studying at the school for her International Baccalaureate degree.
The Spanish heir to the throne, Princess Leonor, 15, will also attend the school this year.
Proud parents King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima shared a photo of their middle daughter standing with her bags in front of the royal palace Huis ten Bosch Palace in The Hague
Princess Alexia of the Netherlands is leaving her homeland and going to Wales to study at UWC Atlantic College, the Dutch royal family has announced.
Located in the Vale of Glamorgan, UWC Atlantic College costs £67,000 for a two-year course. Activities and topics on offer include: Tai Chi, the theory of knowledge and Tibetan literature, which led to the nickname ‘hippie Hogwarts’.
Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, the heir apparent, graduated from the school last year. Alexia’s father, King Willem-Alexander, also studied there.
Alexia, the second of Maxima and Willem-Alexander’s three daughters, looked like a typical teenager in an oversized checked shirt, ripped jeans and white sneakers.
She carried a black bag over one shoulder and a guitar case on the other.
The caption, originally written in Dutch, read: ‘Princess Alexia is leaving for the United World College of the Atlantic (UWC Atlantic College) in Llantwit Major in Wales. There she will obtain her International Baccalaureate for the next two years.
‘Princess Alexia completed the fourth year of the Christelijk Gymnasium Sorghvliet in The Hague last school year.’
Alexia (far right) is the second of the three daughters of Maxima and Willem-Alexander. In the photo the couple with daughters Ariane (left) and Amalia (center), who is the heir apparent
Education at the school is set in a magical place – a 12th century castle by the sea – with its own coast, forest, farmland and valley.
Atlantic College is near the town of Llantwit Major on the South Wales coast, overlooking the Bristol Channel. It has been continuously inhabited since it was first built.
The extensive grounds also include the 12th-century St. Donat’s Church and the historic terraced gardens, as well as preserved woodland, farmland and Heritage Coastline.
St Donat’s Castle is the main building of the College and is home to the Tudor Great Hall, the Gothic Dining Hall, the Bradenstoke Hall used for meetings and performances and an extensive library of 25,000 books.
The heir to the Spanish throne, 15-year-old Princess Leonor, will also attend UWC Atlantic College in Wales, the Spanish royal family announced.
Students at the school reside in eight purpose-built guest houses, each of which can accommodate approximately 48 students.
The modern lodging houses are named after ancient Welsh kingdoms or benefactors of the college: Pentti Kouri, Morgannwg, Powys, Whitaker, Gwynedd, Tice and Sunley.
Unlike a conventional full day of school, classes at UWC begin at 8 a.m. and finish in time for lunch.
The two-year Diploma Program consists of two parts: the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) curriculum, and an experiential learning program that focuses on the key aspects of ‘peace, a sustainable future and student initiative’.
The basics of the school are biology, chemistry, economics, English literature, geography, history, mathematics and physics.
Classes take place in modern academic blocks built in the 1960s-80s, converted medieval estate buildings and the castle itself (photo, the school’s library)
Meanwhile, there is also a wide selection of optional courses to choose from, including Design Tech, Visual Arts, Film studies, Music and Global Politics.
The College’s literary options range from English and French literature to Czech, Russian, Tibetan, Swedish and Urdu literature.
Classes take place in modern academic blocks built in the 1960s-80s, as well as converted medieval estate buildings and the castle itself.
Jens Waltermann, Executive Director of UWC International, told FEMAIL: “We are always delighted when a student chooses to join UWC’s global education movement.
“UWC’s mission is to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and sustainability. We fulfill this mission by bringing together young people who otherwise would never meet.
‘Her Royal Highness Princess Alexia of the Netherlands will attend one of our 18 schools, together with 4,500 other students from 155 countries and with diverse backgrounds.
“It doesn’t matter where a student comes from to gain access to a UWC degree program, more than 75 percent of all students receive a partial or full scholarship. What matters is their potential to contribute to a better and more equitable future for all.
“Now more than ever, it is necessary to educate global citizens who want to start the conversation, regardless of their background or beliefs.”
In addition to their studies, students are expected to engage in a minimum of two hours of community service, two hours of physical activity, and an additional two hours of creative activity each week. Sessions take place in the afternoons, evenings and weekends.
With its lessons, the school wants to ‘inspire changers’ who want to work for the common good.
It looks for students who can “navigate the complexities of life and (reach) beyond simple answers,” according to the school’s website.
Students are encouraged to be ’empowered’ to ‘take authentic responsibility to make their own decisions and actions’.
Welsh boarding school called ‘hippie Hogwarts’
Princess Elisabeth of Belgium enrolled at the start of the 2018-2019 academic year at UWC Atlantic College in South Wales, a private school called ‘hippie Hogwarts’.
Her home is the crumbling 12th-century St Donat’s Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan, where she studies the International Baccalaureate.
According to reports, students are encouraged to avoid “excessive displays of wealth” by mixing with people from all walks of life, while discouraging the use of expensive gadgets such as laptops.
Alumni include the Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Princess Raiyah of Jordan, but students are just as likely to clash with “refugees from West Africa” and “California hippies,” according to an article published in The Times last year.
United World College of the Atlantic is located in the 12th century St Donat’s Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan, pictured in file image. About 350 students study at the school outside Cardiff – including Crown Princess Elisabeth of Belgium